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W.W. Grainger Inc GWW

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Grainger Had a Nice First-Quarter Performance and Sees Much Stronger Growth Ahead

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| Brian Bernard, CFA, CPA |

Grainger's ability to source highly sought-after safety and cleaning supplies during the pandemic allowed the firm to expand its top line by about 3% in 2020. While demand for such products has begun to wane, sales of Grainger's traditional products are on the rise. With the United States economy strengthening, and Grainger's endless assortment business gaining traction, the firm sees stronger growth in 2021. Indeed, management projects sales of $12.7 billion-$13 billion in 2021, or 10%-12.5% organic sales growth (adjusted for two less selling days in 2021).

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Business Description

W.W. Grainger distributes 1.5 million maintenance, repair, and operations products that are sourced from over 4,500 suppliers. The company serves approximately 5 million customers through its online and electronic purchasing platforms, vending machines, catalog distribution, and network of over 400 global branches. In recent years, Grainger has invested in its e-commerce capabilities and is the 11th-largest e-retailer in North America.

100 Grainger Parkway
Lake Forest, IL, 60045-5201
T +1 847 535-1000
Sector Industrials
Industry Industrial Distribution
Most Recent Earnings Mar 31, 2021
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2020
Stock Type Cyclical
Employees 23,100